ROCKFORD – Winnebago County wants to be reimbursed by a suburban Chicago graphics company that produced oversized ballots that caused problems all over Illinois during Tuesday's primary election.
County Clerk Margie Mullins told the Rockford Register Star that the county shouldn't have to pay for thousands of ballots made by ABS Graphics. And Mullins said the county should be compensated for the hours staffers spent dealing with problems created by ballots that were slightly too big to fit into scanning machines.
In all, about 25 of Illinois' 102 counties reported problems with oversized ballots. Other election officials said they would also explore recouping the additional expenses from firms they contract with to handle elections.
ABS has acknowledged sending out ballots that were slightly too big for the machines and has apologized.